UConn’s Williams will return; Price out for season
Storrs, CT (Sports Network) – Connecticut guard A.J. Price, who was arrested
this past summer on charges he tried to sell stolen laptop computers, was
suspended by the school for the entire 2005-06 season.
Guard Marcus Williams, who was also arrested on charges later in the summer,
will not be allowed to participate in team activities until mid-December.
Williams will be eligible for the Huskies game at Marquette on January 3.
According to the Hartford Courant, a police investigation into the theft of
four laptop computers taken from three campus dorm rooms in June led them to
Price, Williams and one other suspect. The computers have since been
The charges of third-degree larceny carry maximum penalties of a five-year
prison sentence and $5,000 fine for each count.
In penalties handed down by the university, Price was suspended for the fall
semester, a time during which he is not eligible to take classes. He will be
allowed to take classes in the spring, when his suspension is held in
abeyance, meaning he can attend classes, but could be expelled if he fails to
follow several conditions.
Price cannot live in on-campus housing or eat in university dining halls for
the next three years. He also is on university probation for the 2006-07
academic year and must complete 75 hours of community service.
The Amityville (NY) High School standout led the team to two state
championships, but has not seen the court since arriving in Storrs. He
suffered a brain hemorrhage in October 2004 and underwent subsequent
radiosurgery treatment in February. His medical clearance to return to the
court is still undetermined.
Williams can take classes during the upcoming academic year, when his
suspension is held in abeyance, and he was banned from residential dining
facilities for the academic year.
The guard must complete 25 hours of community service and all course work for
the fall semester. He averaged 9.6 points a game last season for the Huskies.
Both players were remorseful for their actions, with Williams understanding
how his actions have affected others around him.
“I want to apologize to my teammates for the difficult position that I have
put them in,” Williams said.
Price was also apologetic in his words about the crime and its consequences.
“I deeply regret the adverse effects my actions have caused, and the many
people who have been hurt and disappointed by my conduct,” said Price.
Despite the suspensions, the Huskies are preseason ranked No. 2 in the
USA Today/ESPN Top-25 poll.